I think that these words would only make sense to someone who did not go through the party realignment in 1964. It’s easy to forget that Justice Stevens, the leader of the liberal wing of the Court for decades, was a Republican.
A lot of people from that era would have seen going against party platforms as an *intensely* political act. There were a lot of people who continued to identify as Republicans because they thought the GOP had lost its way and they wanted to bring it back.
It feels less to me like “he wasn’t in lockstep with the party” but “the party shifted around him and he publicly tried to move it back.”
The GOP was not always like this. They like to remind us that they are the party of Lincoln.

They just don’t act like it anymore.
It’s fairly obvious to me that we’re going to be in line for another party realignment. A lot of us are going to find ourselves orphaned in some fashion or another. We’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.

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